Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry

I recently learned through the New England JACL newsletter that Boston has a food pantry for Asians! While I'd imagine they probably aren't serving Japanese families, I wanted to publicize their work. 

The Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry has been around for 14 years, "serving over 120 pre-screened low-income Asian immigrant and refugee families each month. Those 120 households represent over 300 children, adults and seniors. It is the only food pantry program in the region whose mission is to serve the Asian community and provide food that is consistent with their cultural cooking traditions and preferences. The program began as a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. RST was created in response to legislation that denied food stamps to all immigrants regardless of their circumstances. Battered immigrant women and children as well as the elderly are among the most affected."

Monetary donations can be made online or by mail. You can also volunteer on the second Friday and Saturday of every month when they pack and distribute the food.

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